Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Monday, June 16, 2003

Dark And Stormy Night: Can Art And Poetry Be Blogged?

From: Josef Hasslberger
Date: Tue Jun 10, 2003 6:01 pm
Subject: Re: Robin's weblog


Hi Emma,

I see your interest level in the Communication Agents Intitiative is rising and that's really what we were counting with all along.

Now we have three sites which Robin put at our disposition, which is my own plus two others who are participating in the same experiment. You find the others clicking on the links at the right side of my site, "Ivan Ingrilli" (in Italian) and "Chris Gupta" (in English).

Yes, it went together in just a few days, and it's an ongoing project, in the sense that every day I put up some more information. Much of the more interesting information I find, instead of e-mailing it out, I just put it up on the site. This is done with a very simple tool that allows also for nifty editing.

And yes, you could do what you are doing with your site (sites) with this system. There are some constraints on the graphics and on embellishing things, but it's very simple and functional. Your art can be used too though Robin has suggested a maximum width of 360 pixels to keep compatibility with all screen resolutions out there.

Amanda, our Webmaster who has been trying to make other content management tools work for us in the pastis also learning about this tool and now has already installed it on our server to try it out.

From what I can say from experience up to now, it's no sweat to put a few articles up each day.

Though this kind of site is normally callled a blog (short for web-log, a kind of web-based diary) the tool is made in a way that allows you to put up data for others to see with minimal editing skills or necessity to learn complicated programs, which is a drawback of normal websites where you definitely need a "webmaster".

Robin though has clearly shown us by way of his examples and live classes that we don't have to follow the existent "tradition" of weblogs. As he shows so well on his site, these webloggin tool can indeed be used to publish and maintain a very rich and profesionally-looking Web site, which not only is a breeze to create and maintain but which has integrated in it specific facilities and features to significantly increase your ability to be seen and to interconnect with the right people.

To see what's out there by way of blogs, the following is a good site to start. Some blogs are just personal diaries, others are more serious, devoted to news, campaigns, etc.

By the way: Your Dark and Stormy Night poem is really wonderful.
I think it would make for a great entry on your future Robin' powered web site!

Kind regards

>Hi Josef and Robin, just visited your site on Robin's weblog Josef and it's >great, although I see no difference with a website, is it just the way the info is >registered?

>Did you get all that together in just a few days? I would like to >have the >same thing too. So instead of doing my head in with my website I >can do it >all via my weblog tool? Makes it easier for me to be in control of it? >
>I would use it to include dialogues with you, my brother and pehaps Vince.

>But also my art I reckon, at least that which is Freedom oriented...errr..all of it >maybe after all...Definitely interested in what you two are up to...

>Love Emma xxx



Dark and Stormy Night
An incredible love story...

They were together in the House.

Just the two of them.

It was a cold, dark, stormy night. The storm had come quickly and each time the thunder boomed he watched her jump.

She looked across the room and admired his strong appearance...and wished that he would take her in his arms, comfort her and protect her from the storm.

She wanted that... more than anything.

Suddenly, with a pop, the power went out... She screamed...

He raced to the sofa where she was cowering.

He didn't hesitate to pull her into his arms.

He knew this was a forbidden union andexpected her to pull back.

He was surprised when she didn't resist but instead clung to him.

The storm raged did their growing passion.

And there came a moment when each knew that they had to be together.

They knew it was wrong...

Their families would never understand... So consumed were they in their passion that they heard no opening of doors...just the faint click of a camera......

cat and dog embraced
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Readers' Comments    
2003-06-18 20:56:47


Well, so this is what it's like is it? Great to be in here! I have a few questions:
is it possible to have a colour back ground with some decorative device or am I right in thinking that this slows things down a bit? Because I'd like to be able to have the same visuals as I have with C.I or at some point with Art Margin I've noticed it takes a little while to download the images sometimes (for the dark and stormy night...but of course it's worth the wait). Regarding that technicality, that's the type of thing that Steve is good at, short cuts on how to have the site function quickly. Apparently a lot of people abandon the site quite rapidly if it doesn't download quick enough.
So I'll have to start exploring a bit more. I'd like to see the demo pictures, I'll see if I can find it.
Great to be with you in this new thing!
Love Emma xxxx

posted by Robin Good on Monday, June 16 2003, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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